MilliporeSigma Ranks on EPA’s National Top 100 List of Green Power Users
MilliporeSigma, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today announced it ranked No. 64 on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 List of the largest green power users under the EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) program. MilliporeSigma uses more than 256 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green electricity each year, accounting for 101 percent of its overall power demands in the United States. MilliporeSigma’s dedication to using green electricity advances both the voluntary market for green power and the development of such sources
According to the US EPA, MilliporeSigma’s entire U.S. power usage is comparable to more than 21,000 ordinary American houses’ yearly electricity use. In 2021, the firm inked a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) that will provide Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100% of its electricity use in the United States. The Azure Sky wind and storage project, one of the world’s largest buyer-organized aggregation arrangements, began operations in May 2022. In addition to the VPPA, already bought RECs and on-site generation will bring MilliporeSigma to 100% renewable energy by 2022.
MilliporeSigma’s larger sustainability initiatives have included continuously enhancing the sustainability of its operations, as well as lowering the environmental imprint of its products and packaging. The firm purchased its first renewable energy credits for the power used in four of its production plants in 2008. In addition to many on-site solar installations, MilliporeSigma enhanced its sustainable energy strategy in 2015 by constructing a state-of-the-art biomass central heat plant in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, which saves 400,000 gallons of fuel oil each year. Recently, the corporation installed 2.25 MW of renewables to its Sheboygan, Wisconsin site as part of a 30-year land leasing arrangement with We Energies’ SolarNOW program.